Hopefully you are discovering phenomenal Indigenous writers all year long, but Indigenous History Month in June is a perfect time to catch up on new authors on the scene and established names you might not know yet. Check out these articles to get you started:
Several years ago, the Festival of Literary Diversity posted this graphic on Twitter bearing the names of Indigenous authors, along with a challenge: “Find them. Read them. No excuses.”. They then invited their followers to tweet names of other authors people should know about, and the list grew to include over 100 recommended Indigenous authors. CBC Books compiled the list into a single resource that’s well worth a read. Some of my favourites are represented here, including Seasons of Hope by James Bartleman and Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga.
In celebration of Indigenous History Month last year, and as a challenge for Canadian readers in the days leading up to Canada Day, BookNet Canada compiled a list of bestselling indigenous books in fiction and non-fiction, for adult and juvenile/YA audiences. The titles on the list are quite well-known and include classics like Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell and A Promise is a Promise by Robert Munsch and Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak, as well as newer hits like There There by Tommy Orange and Starlight by Richard Wagamese. If you’re new to Indigenous writers, this is a great resource.
If you’re looking for something hot off the presses, check out author Erika T. Wurth’s list of recently published and soon-to-be published books by contemporary Indigenous writers. The one I’m most excited about on this list is the horror novel The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones, but if you want something on the lighter side, you can’t go wrong with Drew Hayden Taylor. He’s currently on the shortlist for this year’s Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour for his latest book, Cottagers and Indians.
If you’re still stumped after all of these recommendations, let us make it easy for you. We’re reading Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice for our June Virtual Book Club – it’s freely available on Hoopla, and you’re welcome to join us!
What are you waiting for? Find them! Read them! No excuses.